Istanbul sees surge in domestic violence, drop in public-order crimes during pandemic

Domestic violence in Istanbul has increased by nearly 40 percent compared to last year while public-order crimes have dropped, as Turkey’s largest city heeds to the government’s call for citizens to remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

There were 2,493 reported domestic violence incidents in Istanbul in March, which is a 38.2 percent increase from the 1,804 cases in the same month last year, Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday, citing data from the city’s police.

The measures however have resulted in a dip of public-order crimes, down 14.5 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the report.

The city has registered a 59 percent drop in pick-pocketing, the state agency said.

The Turkish government has ramped up measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, calling on people to stay at home and placing curfews for the young and elderly.